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"Cabaret 2016" is Smash Hit on Ridge High School Stage (Photos)

The entire cast of the Ridge Concert Choir's "Cabaret 2016" - 90 students - reprise the song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" as a finale. Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
Ridge seniors Duncan Roberts (l) and John Pinto (r, playing guitar) singing the Beatles' hit "I Saw Her Standing There." Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
RHS seniors (l to r): Daniele Campbell, Peyton Kennedy and Abby Edge perform the song "I Wish I May" from "The Witches of Eastwick" at Cabaret 2016. Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
The entire cast of Cabaret 2016 during a spectacular performance of "Circle of Life" from the musical, "The Lion King," featuring a drum circle. Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
 The RHS Concert Choir girls perform "Jai Ho" from the musical "Slum Dog Millionaire," choreographed by Jessica Burchett, Hannah Kolarik and Justine Mastro. Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
Ridge senior Jessica Burchett performing the show's "signature song" - "Cabaret" from the musical of the same name.  Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
Ridge junior Timmy Morrow (l) and senior Alex Pritchard (r) singing and tap dancing through "Moses Supposes" from the musical "Singin' in the Rain." Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
All the guys in Ridge's Concert Choir perform "Bright Lights, Bigger City/Magic" from "Pitch Perfect" at Cabaret 2016 on March 10.  Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
Senior Alexandra Eisenstein (center) sing "Creep" from "The Book of Life," with back-up vocals by juniors Spencer Krell (l) and Radhika Puppala (r), Credits: by Betsy Bacot-Aigner
Graduating seniors were in the fron trow of the "all cast" RHS Concert Choir performance of "You've Got a Friend in Me" from "Toy Story."   Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
In their last Ridge Cabaret together, the brother/sister duet of junior Timmy Morrow and senior Seraphima Morrow sing "You're Nothing Without Me."  Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
RHS senior Evelyne Labelle and junior Devon McKeon singing together during their performance of "Therapy" from "tick, tick...boom." Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
"Back to Basics," l to r, Rachel Keough (sr), Madi Wong (jr), seniors Savitha Krishnan, Raquel Cordivari, Justine Mastro, Avani Bhargav, Maly Marsters  Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
All the guys in RHS Concert Choir during their performance of "Officer Krupke" from the musical, "West Side Story." Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
All the RHS Concert Choir girls perform "Dancing Queen" from "Mamma Mia," choreographed by seniors Daniele Campbell and Peyton Kennedy.   Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
Seniors Hannah Kolarik (l) and Jessica Burchett (r) perform "Freedom" from "The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown" at Cabaret 2016 on March 10. Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Led by Director Barbara Retzko, the Ridge High School Concert Choir turned out another crowd-pleasing performance on March 10 at this year's "Cabaret 2016."

Ninety students participated in the program, which included performances that drew in the entire cast - such as "Circle of Life," featuring a drum circle.  

There were also  duets or other more intimate songs. Among those: Seniors Duncan Roberts and John Pinto, who played guitar, presented the Beatles' hit "I Saw Her Standing There" from "I Want to Hold Your Hand." 

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There were many highlights during the 14th annual Cabaret. The whole cast performed (and reprised as the show's finale) the song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Some of the students featured in that song were senior Sam Prentiss as Bert; RHS teacher, Ms. Danielle Presuto as Mary Poppins; and junior Paige Smyth as Mrs. Corry, with choreography by Jessica Burchett, Hannah Kolarik and Justine Mastro.

The drum circle in "Circle of Life" from the musical, "The Lion King," was led by Chris Ayers, Jessica Burchett, Jack Fiocco, Raveesh Koul, Evelyne Labelle, Justine Mastro, AJ Pandey, Alex Pritchard,  and Paige Smyth. Some of the singers literally took flight "Bird Kites" (donated by senior Alex Pritchard) near the end. That piece was choreographed by seniors Jillian Haggard, Caitlin Murray, Daniele Campbell, and Peyton Kennedy.

The ever-popular 'Officer Krupke" from "West Side Story" was back this spring, performed by the males in the choir. It featured senior John Pinto as Action, Rahul Mirchandani as Diesel, Timmy Morrow as Arab, Tommy Martinson as Baby John and Raveesh Koul as Officer Krupke. 

This year's Cabaret was dubbed a "smash hit" audience members, with many spectators describing it as "better than Broadway."

The following week, members of the Board of Education and Township Committee both mentioned they had seen the performance, and gave the show kudos.

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